Come on in, the water’s warm (well, not really). But that is part of the charm here.
Oregon’s Adventure Coast features the most versatile coastal destination on the Oregon Coast! There is much to love about visiting Oregon’s Adventure Coast, but the miles and miles of beautiful, undeveloped beaches may be one of our greatest natural assets. The beaches on Oregon’s South Coast are ideal for anyone searching for a quiet, undisturbed spot to watch the tide roll in and out. They are also perfect for those looking for a place to surf, swim, walk the dogs or search for hidden beach treasures.
Our pristine Pacific coastline offers so many different options. Visitors seeking a unique and personal experience can take their pick of terrain, vistas and privacy to connect with nature.
If beachcombing, tide-pooling, picnicking, whale watching, surfing and clamming or other popular pastimes are on your Oregon Coast wish list, look no further than our very own beaches and be sure to follow these tips to stay safe and protect our natural habitat. Visitors going to the beach should be aware of coastal safety hazards with the potential danger of undertows, sneaker waves, and rolling logs. Click here for Beach Safety Tips.
Below are some of our favorite spots for beachcombing, picnicking, and tide-pooling.
Bastendorff Beach - A favorite among surfers, kite flyers, beachcombers, locals, and tourists alike. You’ll find plentiful, uninterrupted beach and ocean views to enjoy here. Bastendorff Beach is defined by Yoakam Head and the south jetty at the entrance of the bay and lies just a quarter-mile off the Cape Arago Highway. Never crowded and always beautiful, Bastendorff Beach is a must-see for beach enthusiasts. Address: 63379 Bastendorff Beach Road Charleston, OR 97420.
Sunset Bay State Park - A favorite among locals and tourists, Sunset Bay State Park is protected by towering sea cliffs and features beautiful sandy beaches, amazing tide pools, picnic facilities, restrooms, and campgrounds. Beachgoers will find easy access for beachcombing, bird watching, swimming, and boating. Learn more. 89814 Cape Arago Highway Charleston, OR 97420.
Cape Arago State Park - Tucked away below the cliffs, a short walk along the steep trails will take you to a secluded cove where tide pools and fossils can be found on Cape Arago Beach. Visitors can also enjoy whale watching, fishing, and scuba diving. Two trails offer excellent hiking opportunities: the south trail leads to pool-sides that abound with sea life, and the north trail lets visitors view offshore colonies of seals and sea lions. The north trail is closed from March through June to protect the seal pups during birthing season. Picnic benches and restrooms are available. Click here to learn more. Cape Arago Loop Charleston, OR 97420.
Lighthouse Beach - Located between Yoakam Point State Natural Site to the south and Cape Arago Lighthouse to the north. The beach is popular with surfers, kayakers, and birdwatchers and offers slight protection from cross-currents and wind due to the rocky headlands framing the beach. Since the beach does not have a parking lot, most visitors park along the Cape Arago Highway, near the Lighthouse Way intersection, and walk down a path to the beach. The beach can also be accessed via kayak, launching from Sunset Bay State Park or Bastendorff Beach County Park. Cape Arago Loop, Charleston
Horsfall Beach - Beautiful secluded beach located within the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. A great place for beachcombing with plenty of parking, lots of uninterrupted beach, and a variety of other natural amenities. Perfect for pets and kids. Horsefall Beach Rd, North Bend, OR 97459
Simpson Beach - Situated directly below Shore Acres State Park. A winding path takes you to a secluded ocean cove where you’ll find crashing waves, migrating whales, and views of hundreds of seals and sea lions, and other wildlife. Please do not bother the seal pups you may find on the beach. They are not lost, only waiting for mom to return. Learn more. 89814 Cape Arago Hwy Charleston, OR 97420